Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was ejected after a judgment call by the umpiring crew took a run off the board in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Father’s Day matinee against the Boston Red Sox.
Trailing 2-1 after a two-run fourth inning from Boston, the Orioles responded with a pair of singles by Anthony Santander and Jonathan Villar and had first-and-third after a fielder’s choice by Chris Davis when Keon Broxton came to the plate.
Broxton put down a sacrifice bunt, fielded by pitcher Colten Brewer, who thought about going home but instead turned and threw to first base as Santander crossed home.
The throw nearly pulled first baseman Michael Chavis off the bag, and Broxton stood at the base waiting to see whether the play would be challenged and he’d be ruled safe.
Instead, the umpires met and called Santander out of the dugout and directed him back to third base, instructed Davis to back to first and ruled Broxton out for running inside the baseline.
The Orioles lost, 8-6, in 10 innings after Mychal Givens blew his fifth save of the season.
“Well, I knew I was going to get ejected,” Hyde said. “I knew what was going on. [Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson], for me, should have called runner interference right away, and he didn’t. He waited for the play to develop, and that was what our discussion was about on the field. It was just a really unfortunate play.
“Obviously, if Broxton is out there, then the run scores. They got extremely lucky with a poor throw. There’s no use for me to go into that rule, but it’s a really, really tough rule, and it’s hard on the base runner and there’s not much Keon can do. The guy makes a bad throw and you’re on the inside, you get penalized for it. When you have a runner on base, you have to go back. There’s nothing that we really did wrong. It’s just the rule.”
Interference calls are not reviewable, so even if Broxton beat the throw, the play was no longer eligible for replay once the interference call was made.
“I just didn’t like the way it was handled,” Hyde said.
Sunday’s was Hyde’s second ejection as Orioles manager, with his first coming April 15 in Boston when he argued the application of the league’s slide rule at second base on an attempted double play by the Orioles.
After that game, Hyde said: “If I disagree with something, I'll stand up for what I believe in. I'm going to get thrown out at times. I'm going to pick my spots, and I think when I disagree with something, then I'm going to let people know.”
Hyde’s previous ejection came in a four-day stretch that included all of the Orioles’ ejections this season. Pitching coach Doug Brocail was ejected for yelling from the dugout April 14, and bench coach Tim Cossins, who took over managing duties Sunday after Hyde was tossed, was ejected for the same thing April 17.